Weeping into a tissue before and after his court appearance, D'Vonne T. Clark of Lockport rejected a plea offer to first-degree manslaughter Friday for stabbing a Buffalo teenager to death during a street fight in Lockport last summer. Judge Sara Sheldon had promised an 18-year sentencing limit.
Clark, 17, of Lock Street, now is scheduled for trial March 19 on a second-degree murder charge in the July 22 death of Elijah L. Wedington, 16.
Lockport police reported that Clark intervened in a fight between Wedington and another teenager in an alley off Pine Street. According to statements from witnesses, a friend of Clark's challenged Wedington to a fight, and Clark's friend was losing when Clark knifed Wedington in the side.